Feeling Lost in Life? Jesus Is The Way

Yesterday morning I called one of the women who attends my Sunday morning conversation group. She was late, so I wanted to check on if she was coming. She sounded nervous on the phone and communicated with me in Spanish. I had a young man from Honduras, he has the highest level of English in the group, talk with her. We found out she had gotten lost. He left and drove to her, so she could follow him to church.

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It was completely understandable why she got lost and why she was nervous. GPS had misdirected her. She has not even lived in my city for one year. She is a single mom from Venezuela doing the best she can to work and take care of her thirteen year old son.

She made it to church thanks to our young friend and we had a good time practicing conversational English. Before she left, I shared with her that she will be okay step by step.

There are times we all feel lost in life and nervous about which way to go. It is comforting to know that Jesus came for those who are lost in life. In Luke 19:10 Jesus said: “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

It is comforting to know that Jesus is the way. He is the way to heaven. He is the way to The Father. He is the way to eternal life. He is also the way for us in this life. He said in John 14:6: “Jesus answered, โ€œI am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Jesus comes to us when we feel lost. He said in John 14:18: “I will not leave you as orphansI will come to you”

Just as our young friend in my Sunday morning group went to find our friend from Venezuela and guide her safely to church, Jesus will come to us and guide us in life.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Ahh Yesterday-Burgers and Coffee Shop

It was a double blessing day yesterday with two different cultures. It was the kind of day that filled me with gratitude for Jesus calling me to my ministry and work.

After a LAZY start to my day which included a NAP, I met with my friend from Bosnia to have some burgers. We hadn’t gotten together for a while because he has been working extra to save up money for him and his wife to travel to Bosnia. Burgers always taste better when meeting with friends. ๐Ÿ™‚

Then it was off to my favorite coffee shop where I spent time blogging and reading. I also got some writing done. As I was getting ready to leave, two young men came in who were speaking Spanish. I went over and introduced myself in Spanish and ended up sitting with them for an hour practicing my Spanish. We added each other on Facebook so we can meet again. One of my summer goals is improving my Spanish.

To top it off, in the evening I received an email from my therapist telling me her verse of the day was James 1:12 which made her think of me. It was a nice little icing on the cake for a lazy, fun, summer break day for this teacher.

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trialย because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of lifeย that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

Today is methotrexate day, so downtime is in order, but have no fear, the coffee shop is on my Saturday list. How has your week been?

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

A Conversation in the Park

We are having a stretch of really nice days in my State. Yesterday was a perfect day for me. It was 72f/22c, sunshine, and no wind. The no wind is rare in Nebraska. The tree pollen was low and is almost over. So what is a young man like me to do on such a day?

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No, I did not go to the coffee shop. I took the book I am currently reading and went to the park. It was a perfect day to sit in the sun and read for a few hours. I even had a brief divine appointment with a four year old girl. She was eating ice cream with her mother.

As I walked by, I greeted them in Spanish. I introduced myself and let the mom know I am a teacher. We spoke briefly in Spanish. Then I asked the little girl if her ice cream was yummy. I asked her what her name is. After she told me her name, I shared a few simple truths that I hope stay with her.

I said, “por favor, siempre recuerdas eres preciosa a Jesus Cristo.” Please always remember you are precious to Jesus Christ.

Then I told her, “siempre Jesus Cristo es contigo.” Jesus is always with you and “Jesus Cristo te ama.” Jesus Christ loves you.

Before I walked away, I told the mom and the little girl, “Dios te bendiga” God Bless You. As I was walking away, the little girl said to me, “Dios te bendiga.”

Then I sat down at a picnic table in the sun and read from the book. It looks like this stretch of nice days will continue for the next ten days, so I hope to return to the park to read some more.

Gracias por leyendo. Thank you for reading. Dios te Bendiga. God Bless You.

Coffee Meeting About Ukraine

A few weeks ago, I met with the Youth Pastor of a Ukrainian church in my city. I found out about the work they are doing to help refugees from Ukraine in Poland. I shared the information with the Missions Pastor from my church. It is my privilege to set up a meeting at a coffee shop for the Lead Pastor and Missions Pastor from my church to meet the Youth Pastor from the Ukrainian church.

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Hopefully we can meet later this week. I will find out this morning. It will be a wonderful combination of meeting to discuss helping refugees, introducing pastors, and of course coffee.

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This afternoon will involve a solo trip to my coffee shop to do some writing while eating nachos and drinking coffee. I have free nachos coming thanks to my punch card.

I am hopeful we will have a new person come to my Sunday morning group a young man from Guatemala. It is a blessing to see my Hispanic friends each Sunday. Last Sunday we shared about Easter, listened to songs in Spanish about Jesus, and prayed together.

What are your Sunday plans?

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Saturday Is Here- Naps?

Saturday is here. What shall I do? It feels like a double nap day. But they need to be perfectly timed because a friend from El Salvador texted me that his sister is making pupusas today. This afternoon he will bring some to me. My Saturday meal plan is all set. ๐Ÿ™‚

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So I think perhaps a late morning nap. Then I will start reading a new book my pastor recommended to me. After the pupusas are delivered and I partake of some, then it will be time for another nap.

Why two naps you might ask? Good question. I had my medication increased at my last rheumatology appointment and the whammy hits. By whammy I mean the methotrexate hangover. That means wake up, get out of bed, and the oh oh moment hits of not today. That’s okay because after a nap day tomorrow I will be ready to go.

So the highlights for today will be naps, pupusas, and a new book.

What are your Saturday plans?

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Sunday Is Here

Sunday is here, so this morning I will be at church. I will arrive earlier than normal because I have a meeting with the pastor who oversees our Missions. We will talk about partnering with a Ukrainian church in my city for their efforts reaching out to refugees from Ukraine in Poland.

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Then it will be my Conversational English class. We have friends from El Salvador, Honduras, and Venezuela come. We also have an American who is a 78 year old grandmother. Our Hispanic friends love having her join us and smile as she learns one new Spanish word each week.

Then it will be time to join 2nd Service. Last week the pastor joked that if anyone could write a sentence using the word Hermeneutics correctly he would give them one dollar. I use my IPad for Bible Gateway in church, so I quickly sent him a message with a sentence. I was the only one. ๐Ÿ™‚

Then it will be off to the coffee shop for more writing. Oh and some nachos for lunch. A person needs brain food to write.

What are your Sunday plans?

Thank you for reading, God Bless.

Speaking of Salads

The other day I shared a post about my salad that somehow included potatoes and gyro meat. Yesterday I had my chicken and guacamole salad continuing my healthy eating trend. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Not sure how it happened, but cheese and nacho chips ended up in my salad.

Just finished church which was a blessing. We had a new person in my Sunday class a young man from Honduras.

If I have the energy, I want to visit a Hispanic church this afternoon and then a Ukrainian church this evening. With it being spring break week, I can sleep a lot tomorrow ๐Ÿ˜ด

How is your Sunday?

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

A Whirlwind of Activity First Day of Spring Break

This morning by habit I woke up at 6 , which felt like an epic failure on the first day of spring break. I made up for with a two hour nap 7:30 to 9:30. Then it was off to church to meet with my friend from Venezuela for conversation practice.

Then it was time for a brief Zoom meeting with my students from Burma. She is on maternity leave from my morning class having had a baby January 17th, but she has her U.S. Citizenship interview/test Tuesday, so we practice the question.

Now I am at the coffee shop hoping to catch up with fellow bloggers. I also hear my bed calling out to that perhaps another nap is needed.

It is a whirlwind of activity for this coffee purist/teacher.

How is your Saturday?

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

A Little Girl Had Anxiety

Last Thursday morning my Family Literacy class for moms combined with the Level 1 ELL class for an activity in the school library. While we were doing the activity, a little girl had a moment. Her head was down on the desk and she didn’t want to talk to anyone. I went over to speak with her in Spanish and asked a few questions.

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When I asked her, “tienes dolor en tu estomigo?” do you have a stomachache, she shook her head yes. The Hispanic Liaison was in the building and took the little girl down to the nurse. She had no fever and after drinking some water she felt better.

Monday morning I asked her, “sientes nerviosa en la escuela?” do you feel nervous in school, she shook her head yes. When children have anxiety, they can tend to say their stomach hurts because they do not know how to tell someone they have anxiety. I shared the information with her teacher, so she knows about it.

Yesterday I brought a few handmade dolls that were donated to her classroom. I told her, “cuando tu sientes nerviosa puedes tener muneca contigo” when you feel nervous you can have one of these dolls with you. As I left, I noticed she had gotten one of the dolls.

The little girl could not speak my language, but that was not a problem because I speak her language. She did not understand how to express what she was experiencing even in her language, she could only say her stomach hurt, but that was not a problem because I understood.

When we pray, we often do not know how to express ourselves to God. We do not speak God’s language, but that is not a problem because he speaks ours. We do not know fully how to express or even understand what is going on, but that is okay because God does.

Romans 8 says

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.  And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for Godโ€™s people in accordance with the will of God

God meets us where we at. He knows what we need before we ask. He knows our circumstances.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

My Spanish Saturday

This morning I will meet with my friend from Venezuela to help her prepare for a test so she can enter Dental College here. She was a dentist in Venezuela and wants to become one here. It is a fun study session as we study but also joke with each other.

We started something else a few weeks ago. We study English for two hours and then she helps me practice Spanish for an hour. The student then becomes the teacher and the teacher then becomes the student. I bought a book in Spanish to practice reading.

Yes, it is a children’s book. That is either a reflection of my Spanish level, maturity level, or both. ๐Ÿ™‚ Or it could be that I want to keep Spanish fun for me.

Unfortunately the tragedy of my coffee shop being closed continues, so my Saturday will not include hanging out there and going next door to to organic/natural food store to buy nachos made fresh in their deli.

But rest assured my blogging friends, there will be a power nap this afternoon. My bed has already notified me that it has placed a power nap on its Google Calendar.

What are your Saturday plans?

Thank you for reading. God Bless.